Paul Ryan-Mitt Romney ticket draws praise from Utah politicos who call Ryan a serious choice
Utah politicians excited by Mitt's choice
“I would not like to be the person explaining to the voters of Florida about doing away with Medicare,” he said. “It just doesn’t seem like a good position.”
He said that as the presidential race narrows down to a few key swing states, whether the voters want to follow the ultra-conservative Tea Party track or take a more centrist path would be an important factor.
“(Romney) obviously did the calculation and decided to go with getting the base fired up,” Dabakis said. “We’ll see how that plays out politically.”
Sen. Orrin Hatch, who has tied himself to Romney in his own re-election bid, focused on what much of the focus was on Saturday, a GOP ticket now focused on the economy and government spending: "The Romney-Ryan ticket is a commitment to cutting back the runaway spending and massive debt we've seen from the Obama Administration, and represents new ideas to turn our economy around.”
A local political analyst was also on-board with the choice of Ryan as the potential second-in-command.
"In my mind, what Ryan brings that no one else did was an actual roadmap to fix the economy and to get us back to a more fiscally responsible way of going forward,” said Kirk Jowers, Romney supporter and director of Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. "Ryan puts it (the race) squarely in Romney's court. It's about jobs and it's about fixing this deficit."
Despite the high-profile selection, not everyone in Utah was aware of who Paul Ryan is.
"Well, I’ve never heard of the guy, but maybe he has a good name,” said Layton resident Jordan Gold. “I trust Mitt Romney. Maybe he can do something with Ryan.”
Others were more informed about the Wisconsin congressman:
"He's definitely conservative. I think it's wise because of the economy," said Kaysville resident Beth Rhoades. ”They do need an overhaul and it's important to have somebody who has some experience in those areas to help the (Presidential) nominee out."
"It's a good choice,” said Dave Packer of Spanish Fork. “It'll get a lot of the younger generations on board.
Contributing: John Daley
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